More Europe job cuts set for next 2 years
January 26, 2016
STUTTGART, Germany — More than 350 Europe-based Army civilian jobs and 216 local-national positions will be eliminated over the next two years as part of a continuing effort to cut back on headquarters expenditures, U.S. Army Europe has announced.
Employees based in Germany — home to the majority of Army personnel in Europe — have accounted for most of the cuts, with 536 job losses.
“Adjustments in manpower documents are routinely made, and the additional reductions to support and headquarters personnel reflect the defense secretary’s guidance to reduce headquarters spending by 20 percent,” USAREUR said in a statement.
Cuts to the civilian workforce in Europe have become almost routine in recent years as Army officials adjust the size of the workforce to the overall size of the Army’s active-duty force stationed in Europe, which now stands at about 30,000 troops.
The cuts will result in annual payroll reductions of $67 million over the two years; nearly $54 million in Army civilian pay and more than $13 million in local-national pay, USAREUR said.
As the number of soldiers in Europe has declined, so has the number of nonuniformed jobs. The most recent round of cuts came in 2014, when nearly 600 local-national support jobs were eliminated.
In 2016, 205 positions will be lost in Germany, eight positions in Belgium and seven in Italy, USAREUR said. In 2017, Germany will lose 331 jobs, Belgium nine, Italy 18, Romania one and Turkey two.
The new civilian reductions were made as a result of the lingering effects of the Budget Control Act of 2011, also known as sequestration, which imposed large budget reductions and forced significant cuts in jobs across the services.
USAREUR said it conducted a detailed risk assessment to determine which jobs to eliminate.
”The review took into account the mission and workload of the staff, identifying areas that might overlap or may have excess capacity,” USAREUR said.